Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley

41, of Layton, Utah.
Killed during a firefight with enemy forces. He was assigned to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Salt Lake City, Utah. Died on March 29, 2003.

James W. Cawley met and married his wife Miyuki while serving in the Marines on the Island of Okinawa. They have two children, a son named Cecil, age 8, and a daughter Keiko, age 6. He served for 12 years in the Marine Corps, retired and became a Salt Lake City Police Officer, Detective, and a SWAT team member. He enlisted in the Marine reserves and was called back to active duty in early 2002. He was tough, and yet very soft-hearted. He was fluent in Japanese and could read and write in Kanji. He also served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Fukuoka Japan Mission. He was one of America's best, a truly moral, family man who loved his wife and children as well as his country. He belived in what he was doing and was supportive of efforts to free the Iraqi people of opression. He will truly be missed by his family, friends and community.

Source: Debbie Cawley Seamons, sistor of SSG Cawley

A Memorial Fund for Sgt. James W. Cawley's children has been set up. Contributions may be made to any America First Credit Union in Utah.

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"I miss you pal"

"Thinking of you brother, if anyone wants pictures of you ,your family or friends contact me on Facebook"
Ray Fitzpatrick of Scottsdale

I miss you brother. It has been more than 13 years since you left us and I think of you often. You taught me so much and you always put my mind at ease when I knew you had my back during some of the scariest times in my career. I miss our long talks about how much we love our kids and family. You are a true leader, a patriot, a great father, a true hero and one of my best friends. I and so many people look up to you. I will never forget you my friend and look forward to seeing you again on the other side. Semper Fi!

"Missing you, my brother"
Geoff of NC

"Not a day goes by where I don't remember serving with you. Semper Fi"
Doc Vanderbilt

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"S/Sgt. Cawley,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your sevice and sacrifice as a Marine and Police Officer. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Hey Brother, just wanted to let you know, your old platoon still wish's we were back on patrol with you. SSgt. D."

Man, do I miss you!! You will never be forgotten....S/F Chunks Padilla"
Charles "Chunks" Padilla of Reno, Nevada

"9 years today...feels like forever. We miss you man. May we always remember you and strive to be better men. Your legacy continues."
Joe Oliver of Layton, UT

"for cawley's famliy. I served with jim in the 80's 2/1 sta plt. we went on a float around the world. we had a lot of laughs back than,pre 9-11. jim was a good guy, true to himself, he had that quite confidence that made him a leader. he set an example with his character that made you want do be around him. I was there when he got back from army Ranger school, 135 lbs. man he was a tough SOB. but easy to smile.that's a rare combination. hard as nails/easy to laugh. it,s been almost 25 years. and i still remember and admire him."
Ray Fitzpatrick of Scottsdale, az. max85250@msn.com

"Uncle Jim, as I'm trying to make the most of my remaining weeks here before I deploy, you come to mind more and more. I see your old Ranger hat that my dad gave to me when I joined propped proudly with all of my Army gear, and I hope that some day I can live up to the great legend you've left in the minds of those who knew you. I never felt like I knew you well enough. The first real, deeply felt emotion I remember expressing after you died was, "When we last saw him for his farewell, I should've spent less time watching [I'm pretty sure it was Who Wants to Be A Millionaire] and more time talking to him." My mom reassured me that he wanted us to spend our time together as we always did so that day would be truly a last memory of his family before he left, a feeling which I've come to understand greatly.

Well, now I'm doing my best to become as good at my job as stories of you suggest you were at yours. My one, most important goal in this deployment is that I can do my part to finish the work that you and your brothers next to you started. As a Cawley, as a soldier, as an Infantryman, I look up to your memories (my own and those I've learned from others) greatly. I wish my son could've known you. You would've been a great example to him, I know.

Last, but not least, thank you to all of his friends who fought beside him and who worked with him as a cop, detective, and SWAT member for the posts you've made in his memory. Your stories about him continue to inspire me to push harder through all the challenges I face now in order to prepare myself for the challenges ahead.

Oh, and as a side note (by strange coincidence) I love that my favorite memories of you are from camping trips together, and I was placed in the 10th Mountain Division. I did some training in the mountains of Utah recently, and the amount of time we spent in the mountains (and the time my dad spent taking me backpacking) proved pretty beneficial in acclimating to the challenges presented by elevation. Where I'm going in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan, all that experience will come in handy. Even though you weren't there for those backpacking trips with my dad, my brother, and your son, you were an important part of those trips. Stories of you always came up while we camped out."
PFC Kevin Cawley, US Army, 10th Mountain Division of Louisiana

"It's been 7 years and I still think about that night almost every day. May God bless you and your family."
HM2 (FMF) Deglinnocenti (Ret) of Valencia, CA

"On this Memorial Day you are deep in my thoughts (as you are every day). We are remembering your sacrifice and spending the afternoon with Cecil, Keiko and Miyuki. We all love you and miss you. The tears of pain and sorrow have slowly been replaced by the sweet memories. Continue to watch over us and protect us, just as you did in life.
Your loving little sister."
Lori Antonich of Roy, UT

"I miss you Jimbo"
MGySgt Charles "Chunks" Padilla of Recon Training Company, Camp Pendleton

"Seven years seems like a life time ago, but I remember like it was yesterday. God bless Cawely and his family."
Doc Diehm. of Carson, California.

"Today marks the seventh year since we lost you... you will never be forgotten by those who were there that night."
SSgt. Nguyen, QM, USMC of SJ, CA / USA

"Today marks seven years. I miss you today just as much as I did back then. RIP my brother! XOXOXOXO"
Lori Antonich of Roy, Ut

"Jim, I remember the first time I met you we were contacting an armed robbery suspect at his house, I told you to cover the front. When I got to the door and looked back you were proned out behind a little hill covering the front of the house with your Ar-15. It was then I realized you were not the average rookie cop. After that day Earl, Steve, Hathaway and I all wanted you on the team. And you came out on top of your SWAT class. You were specical, I remember watching Saving Private Ryan on lunch breaks and you would talk about your dad and how proud you were of his service in WWII, now I'm sure it's your dad that is so proud of his son's service in the war in Iraq. I feel so honored to have served on gangs and SWAT with you. Your memory lives on and much to thier shagrin the SWAT candidates still have to do your short card. Love you brother, we toast to you every March!"
Eddie of Salt Lake

"Jim, I remember the first time I met you we were contacting an armed robbery suspect at his house, I told you to cover the front. When I got to the door and looked back you were proned out behind a little hill covering the front of the house with your Ar-15. It was then I realized you were not the average rookie cop. After that day Earl, Steve, Hathaway and I all wanted you on the team. And you came out on top of your SWAT class. You were specical, I remember watching Saving Private Ryan on lunch breaks and you would talk about your dad and how proud you were of his service in WWII, now I'm sure it's your dad that is so proud of his son's service in the war in Iraq. I feel so honored to have served on gangs and SWAT with you. Your memory lives on and much to thier shagrin the SWAT candidates still have to do your short card. Love you brother, we toast to you every March!"
Eddie of Salt Lake

"Semper Fi, Sarge"
Johnathan Worden of Iraq, Uruzgan

"Semper FI Jim from your old roomate in Oki.May you rest in peace."
Mark Dockery of Andrews NorthCarolina

"Happy Marine Corps Birthday, 2009, Jimbo! You were the best of the best. Semper Fi."
Mike Lasnier of Suquamish

"Jimbo - your smile and hardy good cheer are hard to forget. I was telling my wife of your stellar character and unwavering commitment to corps and friends alike - qualities that will be forever ingrained to the many you touched. I remember you standing tall in boot camp, two years later on float with 2/1 and not long after sharing time in the same platoon with STA. You were always a brother to all and never backed up to anything. Your laugh and good sense will be missed. Your bro always - Kent kjbridgman@comcast.net"
kent and desiree bridgman of colorado springs, colorado

"Ranger Cawley,
I served with Jimbo in STA 2/1 and let me tell you he was one of few Marines that I truly respected as a Man and a Marine. I miss my brother and think of him often. I was looking at some old photos the other day and Jim was almost in everyone. Man we had some good times. He was my mentor and friend. You are not forgotten. We miss you Jimbo. MGySgt Charles "Chunks" Padilla
Charles Padilla of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"I can't believe it's been 6 years. It still hurts just like it was yesterday. I love you big brother and don't worry I'll get someone else to take Cam skydiving for you! Happy Memorial Day 2009!"
Lori Antonich of Pleasant View, UT

"Yo Jimbo! It's 2009, Memorial Day weekend, and I'm still thinking of you, and still telling everyone about what a great man you are. Serving with you at STA 2/1 was one of the best period of my life. Semper Fi."
Chief Mike Lasnier of Suquamish

"Uncle jim was a hero to me. I wish i would have been around him more and i love to hear storys about him and uncle mike they make me smile. I remember he was going to take me skydiving when i was 18 so now i really want to go for him. He would give me alot of crap for wearing these red snow pants all the time. i love you with all my heart uncle jim! i will always remeber you"
Cameron Antonich of Pleasant View, Utah

This is difficult for me thinking about you, my eyes tear up everytime. We had some good times in Silvers Gym, going to the movies and just hanging out eating pizza and kicking around with the guys. I think about you often and the ultimate sacrifice you made for me and every other american. I was truly blessed to have known you. I love you, your buddy Brent"
Brent Stoddard of Roy, Utah

"To the family of Jim Cawley,
We mourn with you at the loss of Jim, a true warrior who died fighting for what was right. I did not know Jim but know a few people at SLPD that think the world of him. As I tuck my kids in bed at night, my heart goes out to the men and women who like Jim toe the line and demonstrate the true warrior spirit by protecting me and my family from those who attacked us on 9/11. May Jim's memory and sacrifice always be remembered. God Bless you guys."
Quin Seamons of Highland, UT


Many tributes have been given to James Cawley since he fell 5 years ago, patriot, outstanding marine, natural leader, dedicated police officer, great husband and father. But perhaps the most important to me is a tribute espoused by his wife Miyuki, Best Friend.

James Cawley and I first met shortly after his family moved to Roy, Utah in the mid 1970’s. Our families came from similar backgrounds of military service and Jim and I grew close as we served in our LDS Ward. I cherish memories of Sunday nights around a kitchen table talking and playing UNO till 1 AM following a fireside or other church activity. James and I stayed in touch during our missionary service and following our missions took a trip to California together to enjoy the Cold Pacific Ocean, Disneyland and an NFL Football Game.

Shortly after our trip James dreams led him to the Marine Corps and we lost touch for a long time. Then in September 2001 a job transfer gave me the opportunity to spend a few days in Northern Utah and I had a strong desire to look Jim up to see how he was doing. I met James, Miyuki, Cecil and Keiko a few days following the tragedy of September 11. We talked of old friends and good times, but we also spoke of the dangers that faced our nation and how they must be confronted. I will always treasure those few hours we spent together.

Even then he was aware that he might be called back to active duty. The thought of leaving his family made him sad but he was committed to protecting our nation from its enemies. I saw the love and concern that he had for his wife and children and I pray that Gods richest blessings will be with them to comfort them in their loss. I also pray for his Father, Brother and sisters. May they be comforted in knowing that his sacrifice was not in vain but to promote the freedom of an oppressed people.

James Cawley taught me what it means to be a good friend. He always had a positive attitude no matter what the circumstance. I will miss his smile and his sense of humor. He embodied the meaning of the Marine Corps Motto Semper Fi (Always Faithful). Semper Fi my friend until we meet again."
John W. Gibson of San Antonio TX

"It's been over 4 years and there is still a hole in the team where Jimbo used to be. He lived and died a hero. We still miss you buddy."
Bob Eldard of SLCPD SWAT

"July 4, 2007
To the family of James W. Cawley. James gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Four years now Jim. Still a big hole in me where you used to be, but I've been filling it with all the laughter and your big ol' smiles.

Lot of people are saying it was all a waste. They just don't get it eh? I do. There's always going to be wars, always going to be good people, good causes, bad people and their agendas. That stuff is just a stage for the play and we don't always get to pick the stage we're on. Doesn't matter does it? Everyone dies, but not everyone lives. Not everyone lives large and dies putting themselves out there for others. You died the way you lived, doing your best for others. People twice your age haven't packed in half the living you did. If that's a waste, then more people need to learn how to waste their lives.

I don't need to tell ya cause you've been there every step of the way, but your kids are doing you proud, God they're doing you proud. And Miyuki is made of steel...carrying out that dream you guys had. Today she's five times the woman you lived with.

I've felt you there through all the hard times, thanks for getting me through to better times. The word "proud" just doesn't cover it for me Jim. Good job. I'll see you again, can't wait."

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow Marine;Law Enforcement Officer"

"I never met you, James, but I know you are my dad's cousin. I want to thank you for standing brave in this war. Maybe, in the resurrection, I'll finally met you."
Valerie "Kyochi" of Chino Hills, CA, USA

"As a fellow Marine and fellow Police Officer, I just want to thank you for your sacrifice for this great nation of ours."
Sgt William D. Mosher USMC of Las Vegas, Nevada

"God be with you till we meet again Staff Sergeant Cawley. May God watch over your family also. Thank you for all you've taught us. Semper Fidelis-"
A marine in Staff Sergeant Cawley's platoon.

""Jimbo" As March 29th approches ....You are not forgotten! Thinking of you as always brother. Prayers to your family."
"Big Phil" of USMC

"Jimbo, My Brother, I miss you like you don't know. I just want to say, "you be cool up there". I will be up there soon enough. I love you and miss you alot. STA 2/1 1986-1989 seems like a dream. A dream of stalks, unknown distance shooting and P.T.. Yes Jim we are RANGERS and Yes we do Lead the way. Semper Fi, Devil Dog, Semper Fi. shovzilla@coastalnet.com"
Thomas Rommel Foresman of Jacksonville NC.

"I put my own name on the Goggle Search just out of curiosity. It had this web site as a match. My father, James J. Cawley, was a WWII vet with the Marines and rec'd a purple heart. I live near Phila PA. My prayers are with the family."
James F. Cawley of Philadelpia, PA

"I served with James in Adak, Alaska. Not much to do but talk there. "Cawley" was wise beyond his years. Always positive and had a smile that would put you at ease by looking at him. I remember he had a good sense of humor. My prayers are with his family."
Tom Hornstein of Pekin, IL

"It brings tears to my eyes every time I think of your sacrifice. May god bless your family and many others to remember how short this life is and what it really means to us to be children of god."
Richard Seamons of Allyn, Wa, USA

"Dear Cawley Family,

I knew Jim back in 1989 – 1993 when we were stationed together with 3d Reconnaissance Battalion. At that time I knew Jim he was a Sergeant. For me, Sgt Cawely was then and is still now one of the most inspirational Marine I had ever met. God Speed Jim and I am proud that I can say I was given the opportunity to know you.

Gunnery Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, Retired"
Erik “Spike” Shanur of Torrance, California, USA

"Uncle Jim,
I miss you so much. You were like a father to me!!!I will always remember the time my friends were being rude to me and so you took me to go sledding! That will always be held in my heart. You are my hero! I know that Heavenly Father took you for a good reason. I will always watch over Keiko and Myuki and treat them like a sister and a best friend. I will do the same for Cecil. I know you miss them and they miss you. But the love you had for them is greater than anything in the whole world. I love you and wish i could have said these things to you before you left, for you are my hero."
Kailey Coons of Olathe KS

"I miss you buddy."
geoff of 29 palms

"It sickens my heart to think you died to protect the freedoms of this world while my Government sits on their rears glutting themselves on the back of Canadians. Thank you for your heroic action. I pray and hope your God will bless the lives of your wife and children with peace and plenty."
Vitaquosus of Alberta, Canada

"May God bless you and the loved ones you left behind. I offer my prayers for you on behalf of a grateful nation."
James Bohne of Roy, Utah

"SSGT Cawley,
I was there with you the night you were killed. There hasn't been a day the goes by when I don't think about you. I only met a few times but I respected you very much. I wish I could of done more for you that night. Rest in peace."
Hm2 (FMF) Deglinnocenti SSP 2/23 (RET) of Los Angeles,Ca

We are 3 hours out from the Marine Corps Birthday, 2004. I just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you, and all the good times we had together back in STA 2/1 in 86 and 87. I haven't forgotten you, my hard charging Devil Dog brother. I tell my son's stories about you, and we remember you every Veterans day, Memorial Day, Marine Corps Birthday, and many other times throughout the year. I'm writing the stories down for your children, so they can hear them when they are older. I miss you. We all do. Semper Fi, from "Sgt. Spock" mlasnier@suquamish.nsn.us"
Mike Lasnier of Suquamish, Washington

"Staff Sgt, I served with 2/23 during the invasion. I was in Golf Company, so I didn't get the opportunity of working directly with you. I want to thank you for being an important part of our Battalions Success. Know that your professionalism and expertice allowed Many of your Marines to come home. Thank You"
Hamilton Alvarenga of Ontario CA, USA

"To the friends and family of James W. Cawley:
Your loved one's efforts are appreciated by the majority of the Iraqi people. His sacrifice will never be forgotten and one day you will be reunited in that joyful paridice he is enjoying. We grieve together, I lost my husband to the war in Iraq. I will continue to pray for the families of the fallen soldiers each and every day. God Bless!"
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"SSGT thank you for all you have done. You will be remembered as a hero for your bravery, fairness with younger marines and stabling personality that added leadership to help guide young marines. May your wife and children know what a great man you were."
Adam M. Miller of Washington DC

"James seemed like a great person. May God be with you every day. I hope you and your daughters are safe and happyTo his friends and family,
God bless you. Have a great life. I don't know what i would do if someone very close to me died. God bless you all ! James was brave because all the time he was over there he never gave up."
7th Grade student of Barker middle school

"To the Family of SSgt. Cawley,

It is with a heavy heart that I write these words to you and other family members of Marines who have fallen. I come from a long family line of Marines; I too am a Marine Corps veteran. His service to his Country and his Corps will live forever in the minds of his fellow Marines all over this country.

While I never personally met this Marine, every Marine is my brother and it is with love and respect to his family that I say to them the words of retired GySgt Ermey, "The Marine Corps lives forever, and that means you live forever."

God Bless and Semper Fidelis"
Rob of Iowa

"To Remember Them..In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Marine! Semper Fi! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Sergeant Cawley, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, James, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"Love to the Cawley family.
He died for our freedom.
We will honor him."
James VanLuinen of Kentwood< Mi

"Staff Sergert,
You trained us hard, you trained us well. If it had not been for you more of us would not have come home. You loved God, your family and our country. You taught us lessons that we will cherish for the rest of our lifes. And I would not be on my mission serving the lord if it was not for you. Thank you Staff Sergent. Till we meet again."
A member of Staff Sergent Cawleys Platoon.

"From a future Marine. Semper Fi! May you live on forever!"
Donovan Toole of Albany, GA

"Brother in the gospel, fellow Utahan and comrade in arms.

John 15:13...may I one day meet you in the place that you surely are."
Kevin B. Glenn, Major, USAF of Sumter, SC\Logan, UT

"Thank you James Cawley, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"Dear Miuuki, Cecil, KeikoWe want you to know of our great gratitude to you all. We are thankful for brave men like your husband and father who are not only willing to protect this county but pay the ultimate price in giving his life for our fredom. Our son also served a Japanese mission in Nagoya. We know of your heart ache at this Christmas time of the year as he lost his life in Kamutso in a bike train accident. Special family events are the time we miss departed love ones the most.We extend our deepest sympathy at the loss of your husband father and to his parents. Please know that we appreciate the good life he lived and what he has done not only for this county but for each of us personally. Because of him and men like him our grandchildren will have a free country to grow up in.May the Lord comfort all of your family."
MM Pratt of Mapleton UT USA

"Jim: I did not know you but just watched a special about you on ABC and it certainly inspired me to write. Such good men like you are hard to find and your efforts will never be forgotten. May God watch over your family and protect them as you did for us. Your gift was the greatest one could give.....for our freedom. You are a hero."
Mike Jarosinski of Springdale, PA USA

"Jim, I only wish we could have spent more time together. You were a great friend and neighbor. Whenever I remember you I can only picture your smiling face, I never saw you down ever. You were a great example to me personally. Thank you for always encouraging me to follow my dreams!
I promise to watch over your family always, until the time comes for me to part this world and join with you and our Lord once more and leave this evil world behind. I know you are at peace but it is still hard for those of us that are left behind.
Man, I really miss you..."
Joe Oliver of Layton, UT

"James, I was always most inspired by your love for children and felt as long as you served with the Salt Lake City Police Dept., each child that came into your life might be truly seen by you and feel warmed by the compassion and gentleness that I know you showed them. For some of these children, you must have been a light in an otherwise frightening and dark world. Bless you for your tender heart. I miss you."
Sandy (sister-in-law) of Roy, Utah

"Semper Fidelis!

You and I will share two days: 29 March (my birthday) and 10 November (Marine Corps birthday)
I know SSgt James W Cawley in my heart, soul and mind because we are a "band of brothers". I am exceptionally proud to be a member of Amerca's most outstanding fraternity with him.

"...if the Army and the Navy ever look on Heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by UNITED STATES MARINES!"

Semper Fidelis, Staff Sergeant!

Former Gunnery Sergeant of Marines
D Elosh of South Kansas City, Missouri

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"Dear family and friends of James W. Cawley,
I didn't know James or his family but I signed up on line at the Presidents prayer team where you adopt a soldier to pray for, and I got James. My sister is constantly on the internet checking up on the war. She found a list of people who died and his name was on it. I was devasted. I know I didn't know him but it felt like I did. I almost cried when I saw it was true. I'm glad he lived a life serving God because I'm positive he is with God and God is watching out for him. That gives me a little comfort and relief I hope it gives you comfort too. It was even worse when I found out he had a wife and children. I'm sorry for your loss and I'm sure you'll see him again some day. Now I want to say something to James, THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH for protecting America! YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN! YOUR IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER!"
Jodie Waller of Winthrop Harbor IL

"My dearest uncle. You have know idea how much your family and friends have missed you. You were like a 2nd Jesus to me. You were the perfect example of Jesus. From today and on now, you'll always be my hero! I wish I could have said all of this to you before you left. It's very hard for your beautiful wife, Miyuki, and your darling children, Cecil 8, and Keiko 6. Everyone misses you, even your enemies. It will be hard for your children, not having a daddy to be comforted by or not having bed time stories. As they grow up, they will tell there children, and there children's children, about how you fought in the war, to free the Iraqi people, and how you kept your family safe. I will keep my flag up for you in remembrence of you and the people who died in 9/11. Just remember, Uncle Jim, you'll always be loved and never forgoten. I promise."
Lindsey Seamons of Allyn, Washington


I didn't know you, but feel like I did, as a fellow military man, Latter-Day Saint, missionary. You are a hero in so many ways. I know you are with the Lord, and He is with your family. We know that life is eternal."
Lt. Col. Les Carroll of Columbia, South Carolina

"Thank you brother...from one SSgt to another and one Officer to another! SEMPER FI!!! The thin blue line grows that much thinner!"
Shilo Garner of Monroe,NC

"To my good friend and cousin, Debbie. Also, to her Dad,her siblings, and Jim's wife and children. My heart goes out to all of you during this sad time. My prayers are that God will be with you, and he will give you joy; knowing you will be with Jim again soon.
To Jim: Thank you for giving your life so we can have Freedom & Peace "God Bless America""
Fran Weaver of Knoxville, TN. USA

"James, God Bless You."
Cousin Gillian & family of England

"My Uncle Jim was a good man and cared about his family a lot. He was kind and loving to everyone. I never heard him yell at anybody. He was very funny and he always made me laugh. He loved his country and was proud to serve as a Policeman and a Marine. I will miss him very much."
Matthew Norton of Mesquite, Texas

"I love my Uncle Jim very much. We used to get on him while he was doing his push ups. He could do his push ups with one hand while we were on him. He always liked to play with us. One of his favorite TV shows was Dexter's Laboratory. He sometimes talked like Dexter. He was a great man. He will always be near Miyuki, Cecil, and Keiko. When I say my prayers I ask Heavenly Father to bless his family and that they can see him again someday."
McKinzie M. Norton of Mesquite, Texas

"My Uncle Jim was a good man. He loved his family very much. He was humorous and kind to everyone. He always wanted to protect people. I will miss you a lot, Uncle Jim."
Jace Norton of Mesquite, Texas

"James was the big brother that every girl should have. Even though he teased me constantly as we were growing up, I always knew that he was secretly watching out for me. He was a peacemaker in all facets of his life, in our family, as a missionary in Japan, as a Marine, and as a Salt Lake City Police Officer. He was always worried about protecting others. He especially loved and wanted to protect his beautiful wife, Miyuki, and their precious children, Cecil and Keiko. He was a wonderful father and husband, and his family was his treasure. He believed very strongly in doing what was right and he lived his life accordingly. James was quiet and never sought for glory or the limelight (unlike most of the rest of our family). He just quietly went about doing good. I am eternally grateful for his example to me.
James, please give Mom a big hug for me and I will give Miyuki, Cecil, and Keiko one for you each time that I see them. I miss and love you and Mom so much. I look forward to the day that we will all be together again, never to be separated. Goodbye for now, my hero, my brother, my friend."
Susan Cawley Norton of Mesquite, Texas

"I remember my cousin Jamie as a young boy who loved to play and laugh. At some point in his life, Jamie grew into James: a man dedicated to his Heavenly Father, his family, and his country. James is a hero. Not just for what he did but who he was.

Semper Fidelis, from your cousin Mike"
Michael Lee Cawley of California

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. James Cawley:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless James for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

We will all miss you so much. You have always been such a great brother. I have always looked up to you and admired you for your strong morals. You never backed down when you believed in something, and we all know you believed in freeing the Iraqi people. You are a hero. I will never forget the sacrafice you have made for all of us. I will teach my children and their future children the things you stood for. I love you!

Love your sister, Kim (Cheem)"
Kim Coons of Roy, Ut

My heart still aches everyday. You were the best big brother anyone could have asked for. Your sense of humor, compassion and love for mankind will be deeply missed. I know that you're in a far off better place, with a 9mm stuck to your hip. Thank you for protecting my children and the future of this nation. You are my hero."
Lori Antonich of Pleasant View, Ut

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. James Cawley:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of James, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"I feel so sad that two young children will grow up without a daddy. I want them to know they have the thanks of a grateful nation for the sacrifice they have made. The picture shown is a handsome man on the outside, but the messages left show a beautiful man on the inside. I am truly sorry for the loss of such a fine sounding man, brother, husband and father. May he rest in peace."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"Jim, my beloved little brother. When we grew up together as children, I protected you from bullies on the way home from school. As an adult, you protected the safety of me, my family, and other American citizens. I am so proud of your accomplishments. I'll miss you with all my heart but I'll never forget you. You meant the world to me and always lifted my spirits. There will forever be a hole in my heart in the place there that I held for you. I am honored that you were my brother. I love you Jim."
Mike Cawley of Roy, Utah/USA

"Thank you James. You were a hero to me before you died. Now you're a hero to the world. You were one of the finest and brightest. You could have been anything, but you chose to be a defender and a protector. How we will miss you."
Julie Cawley Hanson of Roy, Utah

"I met James many years ago and he was the nicest man that I have ever met. I didn't realize he was there and it really breaks my heart to find out that he is gone. We need more men like him in this world. To his family, you should be very proud of him, he touched a lot of lives while he was here on earth."
Terri of Tennessee

"Thank you, James my brother. Our family will miss you. You will forever be a hero in our hearts."
Debbie Cawley Seamons of Allyn, WA

"Thank you Staff Sergeant...May you rest in peace."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"Thank you for allowing your hero to protect our freedoms!"
Holly of VA

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on